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The need for simpler copyright licensing in the world of digital media has been identified in a new study.

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A student who admitted posting racially offensive comments on social networking site, Twitter, has been sentenced to 56 days imprisonment.  

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A former cricketer has been awarded damages of £90,000 plus legal costs by the High Court, in England, after suing over a defamatory tweet alleging that he was involved in match-fixing.  

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A security research company found that 36% of data breaches were caused by ‘a negligent employee or contractor’.

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JISC Legal is contributing to the "Security and the Cloud" session at Networkshop, the technical conference for staff in education and research.

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The EU Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee has voted in favour of reforming copyright legislation in order to make available ‘orphan works’ in online archives

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‘Communication to the public’ does not cover radio broadcast in a private dental surgery.

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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)’s Do Not Track proposals are a step towards standards that will enable a user's browser settings to be used to manage consent to cookies.

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Home Secretary Teresa May has approved the decision to extradite a student accused of copyright infringement to the US.

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The ICO papers include an informative presentation on cloud computing and data protection.

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Changes to copyright law could enable access to new knowledge that would otherwise remain undiscovered.

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A Scottish charity was found to have breached the Data Protection Act following the theft of unencrypted memory sticks and papers containing personal data from an employee's home.

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Thirteen UK universities have received awards supporting the management of intellectual property and knowledge exchange.

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In order to promote participation and to simplify matters concerning the on-going consultation on proposals to amend the UK’s copyright system, JISC TechDis has worked with experts within the field to produce their simple ‘How to’ guide.

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UK data protection boss has concerns over Google's information sharing between services and users' lack of control.

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A head teacher put up photos of pupils who had low results as motivation to work harder.

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The Patents Court recently confirmed that copyright in a film will be jointly held by the producer and the principal director unless there is an agreement to the contrary. 

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A recent ICO decision confirms that an email, sent from a private email account, is subject to FOI and should be disclosed.

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The countdown has begun to JISC Legal's Mobile Technologies and the Law webcast.

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The High Court recently ruled that the search giant Google wasn’t responsible for defamatory material posted on its blogging site. 

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BT and Talk Talk have lost an appeal over controversial measures to tackle copyright infringement online - a decision welcomed by rights holders.

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The Prime Minister is expected to back legislative change in the Protection of Freedoms Bill to make stalking a crime.

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Mr Justice Teare ruled that a legal claim could be served via an active and legitimate Facebook account.

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The University of Strathclyde, JISC Legal's host, is in the process of setting-up with HEFCE funding and JISC Advance backing, a new legal guidance service to act as a shared 'in-house' service to subscribing institutions. The service is currently recruiting a Lawyer and Administrator/Secretary.

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Google implemented changes to its privacy policy yesterday which mean that private data collected by one Google service can be shared with its other platforms including YouTube, Gmail and Blogger.

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Durham University breached the Data Protection Act after disclosing personal information on its website.

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JISC Legal's website will be undergoing essential maintenance from 7.30pm on Thursday, 1 March. The works are expected to last several hours.

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission have now published their latest guidance in the series of guidance documents relating to the Public Sector Equality Duty.

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The Equality Challenge Unit would like to hear about the steps that institutions take in order  to overcome disabling barriers users may encounter when required to access and make use of services.

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The latest results highlight the impact that the Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations have had on the sector.

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A former student with dyslexia claims that a university's failure to provide transcripts of exam papers prevented him from achieving a first class degree.

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An alleged report has been leaked that offers detailed guidance on when images should be removed from Facebook. 

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Mobile apps will have to disclose how a user’s personal data will be used before users download them.

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Are you aware of the legal implications of using mobile technologies within your institution? Our latest webcast 'Mobile Technologies and the Law' will address the legal aspects of the use of mobile technologies in HE and FE institutions.

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Universities UK failed to convince the government that research data should be exempt from release.

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The Publishers Association says new copyright exceptions are not required where the proposed ‘digital copyright exchange’ is in place.

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The ECJ held that the owner of an online social network cannot be obliged to install a general filtering system.

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The ICO imposed an £80,000 fine on a council in England for failing to take appropriate measures to ensure the security and appropriateness of disclosure when emailing personal information.

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This paper looks at the legal issues involved with the use of mobile technologies.

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Large fines imposed on councils after insufficient security measures led to highly sensitive information being compromised.

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JISC Legal's website will be undergoing essential maintenance from 5pm on Friday, 10 February.  The works are expected to last several hours.

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The US National Institute of Standards and Technology has recently published its Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing, which although from the US perspective, provides some useful practical recommendations.

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The 3rd edition of Paul Pedley's Essential Law for Information Professionals is now available from Facet Publishing.

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The IPO is holding a free copyright consultation event on Tuesday 21 February 2012 10:30 - 12:30 in Edinburgh.

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The Ministry of Justice has put out a call for evidence to data controllers and other interested groups on the likely impact of the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation and Directive.

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A teacher has faced a disciplinary hearing because of her posts on the social media website Facebook.

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A new report published by Beatbullying considers the state of cyberbullying amongst children, young people and teachers in the UK. 

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Belief that copyright permission has been granted is no defence to infringement of copyright if no valid permission was, in fact, given.

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The recent demise of a file sharing service highlights the risks for colleges and universities in considering a move to the cloud or other external service providers.

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Scottish Parliament to approve the appointment of Rosemary Agnew as the new Scottish Information Commissioner.

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